Mushrooms contain bioactive compounds and essential nutrients that support a healthy immune system. Besides boosting immunity, mushrooms also demonstrate anticholesterolemic, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties . If you are looking for a natural way to fortify your body against infectious and degenerative diseases, try supplementing your diet with edible mushrooms.
One of the major immune-modulating mushroom compounds is referred to as β-Glucan, a type of polysaccharide that is abundant in mushroom cell walls .
Consuming mushrooms triggers innate and adaptive immune responses because the human body recognizes β-Glucan from mushrooms as non-self molecules . This type of immune response gives the human body protection from infectious microbes, environmental toxins, and carcinogens [2,3,4,5].
Mushrooms also contain other compounds including polysaccharopeptides, phenolic compounds, proteins, lipid components, terpenoids, and essential nutrients that promote an overall healthy body [2,5].†